Watch the Sundogs take on the Missouri Mavericks tonight at a Tim's Toyota Center 'Watch Party'.
Multiple investigations lead to five arrests of suspects tied to single residence On April 4, 2014 Prescott Valley Police K-9 officer stopped a vehicle in the Viewpoint area for a traffic violation. During the stop the officer found an occupant of the vehicle, 18 year old Matthew Thomas Smith of Prescott Valley, to be in possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and stolen property. Detectives became involved and were able to link Smith to a number of burglaries around Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. Several took place in the Courage Butte area of the Viewpoint subdivision. In one case Smith was reported to have taken a garage door opener from the victim’s vehicle and gained entry into the residence. He was able to steal a number of items from the residence. The homeowners were home and asleep at the time of the burglary. Smith was booked in the Yavapai County Jail and is facing charges for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft and multiple felony burglary charges. Investigators also had an address in the 8300 block of Sunset Ridge in the Viewpoint they were interested in that Smith had ties to. There had been a number of concerned citizens who called with information about suspicious activity at that address. On April 11, 2014 investigators from the PVPD as well as PANT (Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking) served a search warrant on the residence with the assistance of the PVPD SWAT team. They were primarily investigating narcotics activity. Investigators found drugs, drug paraphernalia and stolen property inside and around the residence. The four occupants of the home were booked for the following charges: 32 year old Thomas Anthony Munoz, 43 year old Angela Jean Keller and 29 year old Samantha R. Kopp were booked for possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. 40 year old Kathryn Michelle Bellia was booked for possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft and an outstanding warrant. This serves as a reminder that you should lock your vehicle and never keep a garage door opener or other keys outside in a vehicle where someone may use it to gain entry into your residence.This case highlighted the fact that the police department is listening to your concerns. While you may not see immediate action on tips communicated about suspicious activity, you are being heard. Communication with the public is vital to our mission of protecting our citizens.
Fire restrictions come early this year.
Across the country, people have been receiving their federal income tax refunds, only to discover that they did not receive the full amount.
Rescue 1 and the Southern Yavapai County Sheriff’s Response Team (SYCSRT) Provide Critical aid in Rescue The following text in italics is by Darryl Drake, a member of the SYCSRT - “A Texas couple, taking "the dirt road" to California, found themselves mired in deep sand in far western Yavapai County Monday afternoon. After YCSO was notified (late afternoon on April 14, 2014) a "hasty" search was conducted based off a ping from the couple's cellphone, but the pair could not be located in the dark desert. Tuesday morning (just after 8 AM), SYCSRT returned to the area, and aided by the crew of the Rescue 1 helicopter, located the thankful travelers about 12 miles west of Highway 93, south of the Santa Maria River. After checking the couple's physical condition, SYCSRT escorted them back to blacktop, and the pair headed on to Kingman. Their cell phone played an important role in their rescue, as did their ability to provide GPS coordinates today. They did have some food and water, but they, nor their vehicle, a 2WD Nissan Xterra, were prepared to tackle the desert terrain.” Additional information – The couple, ages 70 and 62, were also insulin dependent highlighting the urgent need to locate both quickly. Once the Rescue 1 crew spotted the couples’ yellow SUV, they landed to access their medical condition and directed a rescue team to the location. Both were found in good condition considering the circumstances. Members of SYCSRT took the time to assist the couple by towing their vehicle out of the deep sand and escorting them back to the main road. As indicated in past similar rescue efforts, those who decide to travel “side” roads without planning, proper supplies, and the right vehicle for the expected terrain, will always increase the likelihood of becoming stranded and risking injury from exposure to the elements. Fortunately in Yavapai County, we have the capability to conduct immediate aerial searches with assistance from dedicated volunteers like those in the SYCSRT. Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov